We’ve all heard time and time again of the importance of Iron in the diet to keep our energy up. Way back when we were learning about getting our first period in school, we were taught that we needed to up our iron intake to balance out the strain Aunt Flo placed on our bodies. We were told that a balanced diet, which includes lean red meat three times a week along with a regular intake of rich dark green vegetables, eggs, nuts, seeds and beans would help to keep iron levels up.
However, even with an iron rich diet, many people may suffer from low iron levels. Those most affected includes:
- Pregnant Women
- New Moms
- Breastfeeding women
- Women with heavy periods
- Adolescent girls
- Endurance Athletes
Tiredness is possibly the number one sign of iron deficiency. Other symptoms include:
- Cold hands and feet
- Feeling short of breath
- Pale skin
- Heart palpitations
- Brittle nails
- Swelling or soreness of the tongue
- Cracks in the sides of the mouth
- Frequent infections
- Restless legs syndrome
- Chest pain
- A general feeling of weakness
Iron is especially important during pregnancy, as extra iron is needed to increase your volume of red blood cells so that you can transport oxygen to your growing baby. Additional iron is also required to create iron stores in the baby’s liver, which should support the baby for the first six months of life.
For those not getting enough iron from foods alone, a supplement may be required. However, many iron supplements are known to cause Tummy Upset, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Heartburn, Nausea, Stomach Pains, Black stools, Bloating and Bowl Habit Changes.
Nobody wants to experience all these negative side effects, all while trying to make ourselves feel better. It seems counter productive! That’s why we were very excited to hear about Active Iron, which has been clinically proven to double the amount of iron absorbed while being so gentle on the gastric system it can be taken on an empty stomach. Active Iron is great because it’s tough on tiredness but kind on the tummy! Its advanced formulation improves iron absorption while it helps to protect the gut from inflammation and damage.
As Active Iron’s unique formulation uses denatured whey protein encapsulating ferrous sulfate, it is suitable for vegetarians. Women can rest assured that they are achieving dietary targets and taking a form of iron that is well absorbed. It’s also suitable during pregnancy and for children over 12 years of age and the elderly.
We recently discussed iron deficiency and the effects this has on women, especially mothers, with Orla Dorgan, mom to three, a qualified Practice Nurse and Lactation Consultant.
1. When did you first notice signs of iron deficiency and what were your symptoms?
I was starting to feel tired around 20 weeks pregnant after a few weeks of feeling great and full of energy. I put this down to being a busy Mom of two energetic boys, working as a Practice Nurse and a private Lactation Consultant. I had my blood checked at 20 weeks pregnant and realised they were low. In my previous pregnancies, it was always around 20-22 weeks when I noticed my iron levels would drop a little.
2. What changes did you make to your diet to try and alleviate your symptoms?
I would eat pretty healthily anyway, but I did increase the red meat intake, dried apricots and green veg. I also increased fruit which is high in Vitamin C to help absorb the iron.
3. Did you struggle with finding a supplement that didn’t cause uncomfortable side effects?
Yes, I did. I had tried a number of supplements on my previous pregnancies, but they it always left me feeling sluggish and I suffered from constipation. I was only able to tolerate the supplement on alternate days. I have to say, I did not enjoy taking them.
4. How did you hear about Active Iron?
I was telling a friend of mine about my iron levels and that I was feeling sluggish and tired. She had tried Active Iron and her life had completely turned around after taking it. This convinced me enough to take it. I was then 31 weeks pregnant.
5. How do you feel when you take Active Iron?
Within a few days, I noticed a big difference. The first thing I noticed, was there was no constipation with Active Iron. The energy I feel is brilliant and this has continued right up until I gave birth and since I have had my baby. I had a caesarean section and even since this, I am feeling great with good iron levels. I felt I ‘looked’ well during my pregnancy, healthy skin, hair and nails.
6. What would you say to a friend who may be showing signs of Iron deficiency?
I would highly recommend this product as it will increase iron levels in a short time and has no side effects. As a Practice Nurse and Lactation Consultant, I see many pregnant moms, post-partum and breastfeeding moms with low energy levels and low iron levels. This product is ideal to build up iron levels and, in return, energy levels to these busy moms. It is so important for this cohort of women to have optimum levels to have the energy to look after themselves and their newborns.
Orla is blogging about her own breastfeeding journey on Facebook, giving support and advice, so make sure to check her out and take a look at her website: lactationtalk.com
This article has been sponsored by Active Iron. Active Iron provides a clinically proven innovative solution which is tough on tiredness, but kind on the digestive system. Available in leading pharmacies nationwide and online at myactiveiron.com. Check out Active Iron on Twitter, Youtube and Facebook.